Proud mother and grandmother, Muriel Ramsey will launch her new CD: ‘God Is Calling’ at a special concert at Buckna Presbyterian Church Hall on Friday 3rd March 2023 starting at 7:30pm.
She will be joined on stage by Testify and members of the Male Voice Group at Buckna.
Singing is something that Muriel has always enjoyed; she was a member of the choir at Buckna until she had a family and has ministered in song at Gospel Concerts from time to time.
Sharing a little about why she wanted to record ‘God is Calling’, which is her second album, Muriel said: “It was around 2019 that I just felt that I would like to make a CD again and at that stage, the Kirk Session at Buckna were talking about building the Church.
“I had been praying about it and asked God for a sign that I could maybe make another album and on January 1st, 2020, I lifted my Word For Today Bible Notes and what did it say but ‘Sing A New Song’, and it asked what are your hopes and fears for this New Year? Bring them to the Lord. Sing joyfully to the Lord. It is fitting for the upright to praise Him.’
“I felt that those words were telling me to make the CD, so I spoke to my Minister, Rev Stephen Kennedy, who has been incredibly supportive and gave me the green light before COVID came. However, now that the foundations and the steelwork for the Church are in place we are going ahead with the concert”, she added.
All proceeds from sales of the CD will be given to the Church Building Fund.
Featuring eleven tracks in total, the recording includes well-loved hymns such as ‘Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Saviour’, the Lynda Randle classic, ‘God Of The Mountain’ and ‘One Pair of Hands’, which was made popular by Elvis Presley.
The album also contains Muriel’s own composition, ‘God is Calling’, a song performed to the tune of ‘Glens of Antrim.’ This is a piece which talks about the new Church and the Braid area. Copies of Muriel’s CD will be available to buy at the concert for £14 each or two for £25. (Cash purchases only please as there will be no card machine.) A freewill offering will also be taken to cover the cost of producing the CD, which was recorded in partnership with James Strange from CRM music.
Muriel is also mindful of anyone who may be worried about the continuing presence of COVID-19 and is happy for people to wear a mask at the concert if they wish to.
Looking ahead to the this very special night, Muriel went on to say: “I am excited about the concert although I am feeling a little bit nervous now – a lot of prayer is needed for me. I would hope that as they listen to the words of different songs it will help those people who are going through difficult times.”